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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:32 am    Post subject: Quebec Liberal Guy Ouellette arrested Reply with quote

( some shocking news out of quebec city a liberal MNA has been arrested )

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit arrests Liberal MNA Guy Ouellette

Chomedey MLA Guy Ouellette walks from a government caucus meeting at the legislature in Quebec City, on Oct. 25, 2011.

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October 25, 2017

Quebec's anti-corruption squad has arrested a Liberal member of the National Assembly who was once among the province's most prominent crime-fighters.

Guy Ouellette, a government MNA and former Sûreté du Québec investigator who helped cripple Quebec's Hells Angels in the 1990s, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Unité permanente anti-corruption (UPAC), a government source confirmed.

UPAC confirmed someone was arrested Wednesday but would not confirm Mr. Ouellette's identity.

Mr. Ouellette was arrested on suspicion he leaked internal UPAC documents on corruption investigations involving former premier Jean Charest and fundraising by the Quebec Liberal Party, La Presse reported. Mr. Ouellette was recruited by Mr. Charest and first won his seat in 2007.

Mr. Ouellette, who is not formally charged with any crime, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

In recent months, the investigative reporting team of Quebecor Media delivered several scoops that suggested Mr. Charest and his political fundraiser Marc Bibeau had been under continuing investigation for years.

The investigation, which was code named Mâchurer, was active as recently as 2016, the reporting, based on internal UPAC documents, showed.

Mr. Ouellette was in the National Assembly chairing the committee on institutions from 11:16 a.m. to 1 p.m. When the committee resumed sitting at 3 p.m. he was absent.

Premier Philippe Couillard left Wednesday evening on a two-day trip to Northern Quebec. He was set to rush back early Thursday morning to deal with the crisis and hold a caucus meeting.

Government and opposition members expressed their shock Wednesday evening. Mr. Ouellette, 65, was known as "Mr. Integrity" in the National Assembly – both for a junior minister role he once played monitoring the integrity of the public administration and for his spotless law-enforcement past.

"We are dumbfounded by the arrest of Guy Ouellette," Parti Québécois public security critic Pascal Bérubé said. "We need to know more."

Robert Lafrenière, the head of UPAC, testified last May about the leaks in front of the legislative committee chaired by Mr. Ouellette. "I have a fervent hope we get to the end and find the bandit who did that," Mr. Lafrenière said. "If the person who did that thought they would destabilize us, it was just a distraction. You can be certain I will get to the end of this investigation."

That spring, Mr. Ouellette also said he was fed up with leaks and he hoped the investigation would end quickly with an arrest.

Mr. Ouellette had been at odds both with Mr. Lafrenière and the Liberal Party in recent months.

The two men recently had a public spat over whether the head of UPAC would appear before Mr. Ouellette's committee to discuss a law to make UPAC more autonomous. Mr. Lafrenière finally appeared last Thursday and told the committee a new structure would help UPAC avoid future leaks.

Last spring, Mr. Ouellette said Liberal Party staffers were trying to push him out to make way for fresh candidates – an allegation the party denied. He said he intended to stay in office and run again.

Mr. Ouellette worked for the SQ from 1969 to 2001 and continued as an expert witness and media commentator before turning to politics in 2007. Among his many achievements, he helped bring former Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher to justice for murder.

"I'm shocked by this," said Robert Poëti, also a former law-enforcement officer among Liberal MNAs. "I'm just trying to understand what happened."


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guy Ouellette stepping away from Quebec Liberals after arrest

Chomedey MLA Guy Ouellette walks from a government caucus meeting at the legislature in Quebec City, on Oct. 25, 2011.

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October 26, 2017

A longtime Liberal member of the Quebec legislature says he is stepping away from the party following his arrest by the province's anti-corruption unit.

A government source told The Canadian Press that Guy Ouellette, 65, was arrested in connection with an investigation by Quebec's anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, into an important information leak to the media last April.

No charges have been laid and Ouellette has informed Liberal caucus chair Filomena Rotiroti that he will leave the party temporarily, until the province's director of criminal and penal prosecutions decides on the outcome of his arrest.

Ouellette, a former organized crime investigator turned politician, was arrested on Wednesday by Quebec's anti-corruption unit.

He has represented the riding of Chomedey, north of Montreal, since 2007.

Premier Philippe Couillard cancelled several events in the northern Quebec to be at the legislature today for a special caucus meeting and question period.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MNAs frustrated with mystery surrounding UPAC's arrest of Guy Ouellette

One day after the arrest of one of their own by the anti-corruption squad, Quebec's Liberals meet Thursday in a crisis atmosphere.

Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette
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Published on: October 26, 2017 | Last Updated: October 26, 2017 9:17 AM EDT

Guy Ouellette was one of three panelists at Vision Montreal's general council that focused on restoring public confidence in the municipal government in light of allegations of corruption, collusion etc in Montreal, on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

QUEBEC — One day after the arrest of one of their own by the anti-corruption squad, Quebec’s Liberals met in a crisis atmosphere.

UPAC has not confirmed the arrest of Chomedey MNA Guy Ouellette.

Many Liberals appeared shaken Thursday morning, and some MNAs expressed frustration with the mystery surrounding events.

“At the very least,” UPAC should issue a statement to clarify the facts, said the minister responsible for the integrity of public markets, Robert Poëti, himself a former police officer

Caucus chairman Filomena Rotiroti confirmed Ouellette removed himself from caucus until prosecutors clarify things.

Premier Philippe Couillard, who was forced to cancel his activities in northern Quebec to rush back to the capital, is to meet with his caucus at 9 a.m.

“I’m flabbergasted,” said International Affairs Minister Christine St-Pierre.

“There’s a great fog around all this question,” added Democratic Institutions Minister Kathleen Weil.

Couillard is expected to meet the media later Thursday to announce what the future holds for Ouellette. Ouellette chairs the legislature’s influential institutions committee, which oversees issues of justice and public security. Ouellette himself is a former Sûreté du Québec investigator with 15 years service.

One of the agencies his committee oversees is the independent anti-corruption unit (UPAC) which proceeded to arrest Ouellette, 65, in Quebec City Wednesday in connection with an investigation into leaked internal documents from within the squad to the Québecor news organization.

Ouellette has not been charged but faced questions. The exact link between him and the leaks remains unclear.

The arrest came in the wake of two police raids on the South Shore Wednesday at the homes of a former police officer and a current officer. It is believed those raids pointed police at Ouellette, who has been outspoken privately in the past over the pace of UPAC’s work to fight corruption.

He is known to have clashed with UPAC president Robert Lafrenière, who vowed to find the person leaking compromising documents.

Police proceeded with a search of Ouellette’s Quebec City apartment late Wednesday evening. Ouellette has not addressed the issue.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quebec MNA Guy Ouellette temporarily resigns from Liberal caucus following arrest

Ouellette is considered a suspect in investigation into information leaks, according to Radio-Canada sources

CBC News Posted: Oct 26, 2017 7:58 AM ET| Last Updated: Oct 26, 2017 8:11 AM ET

Quebec MNA Guy Ouellette was arrested on Wednesday, but has not been charged. According to Radio-Canada, he is considered to be a suspect in an investigation into information leaks to the media

Quebec MNA Guy Ouellette has temporarily resigned from the Liberal Party caucus following his arrest yesterday during raids by Quebec's anti-corruption unit (UPAC).

According to Radio-Canada sources, the former Sûreté du Québec officer and current MNA for the Chomedey riding in Laval is currently considered a suspect in an investigation into information leaks.

It's believed someone disclosed information to the media about a confidential UPAC investigation into Liberal Party financing.

Ouellette has not been charged with a crime, but his arrest has sent shockwaves through Quebec's political scene.

Premier Philippe Couillard is cutting a trip to Northern Quebec short to meet with his caucus this morning following the news.

Political commentator and former Liberal MNA Yolande James said the leaks hurt people she cares about.

If someone she sat with in the National Assembly was responsible for them, she said, it would be "a betrayal, a betrayal of justice, a betrayal of ethics, betrayal at every level."

Liberal MNA Guy Ouellette arrested, questioned by UPAC

In April, a media outlet reported that UPAC's Operation Mâchurer had investigated former premier Jean Charest and former Quebec Liberal party fundraiser Marc Bibeau in relation to links between election financing and public contracts.

Ouellette is the president of the legislature committee looking into that leak, which proved embarrassing to the Liberals.

Yesterday, Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée said he was shocked by news of Ouellette's arrest.

"It's very serious that a parliamentarian is arrested," he said.

François Legault, leader of Coalition Avenir Québec, said he's waiting for answers from the Liberal government.

"It's enormous, it's huge for the integrity of the Liberal Party."

Current MNA was formerly a police officer

Ouellette was arrested on the same day that UPAC executed warrants and raided the homes of two police officers on Montreal's South Shore.

In April, he publicly denounced the leaks, saying he was "disgusted by the situation, disgusted by all these leaks, disgusted by all these conflicts of interest."

Ouellette was first elected to the National Assembly in March 2007.

Before entering politics, he was a provincial police officer for about 30 years. He worked as a Sûreté du Québec investigator in the Wolverine anti-biker gang squad.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What strikes me is the confusion. How can they 'arrest' a cabinet minister without having a specific charge?

They can't. This is probably a kerfuffle that has occurred because of a leak and a stampede in the local media.

Still, Oulette has resigned. So something like this must be imminent.

In Ontario, we handle things differently. Based on the precedent of Michael Bryant, we allow senior government officials to commit criminal offences with impunity, up to and including homicides. And for standard corruption issues, we simply price that in, jimmy the books and float some debt. That way, nobody knows.
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